April 2018

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B.C. government gives broad exemptions to controversial speculation tax

The B.C. government has made a number of changes to its proposed speculation tax which will reduce both the number of British Columbians paying the tax and the amount they'll pay.

The tax, first announced during February's budget, was to be assessed at 0.5 per cent of a vacant property's assessed value this year and two per cent in 2019.

B.C. Finance Minister Carole James announced the tax would remain at 0.5 per cent for properties owned by B.C. residents but would now only rise to one per cent for out-of-province Canadian residents and still remain at two per cent for foreign investors.

The NDP government also said the tax would no longer apply to properties in the Gulf Islands, Parksville, Qualicum Beach or rural Fraser Valley.

The tax will still apply in the following areas:
Metro Vancouver, Chilliwack, Abbotsford and Mission (excluding Bowen Island).
The Capital Regional District (excluding the Gulf Islands).
The municipalities of Nanaimo, Lantzville, Kelowna and West Kelowna.


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B.C. Real Estate News

B.C. speculation tax facing more pushback, a day after tweaks (CTV News)

B.C. cancels loan program for first-time homebuyers (CBC)


How Has Vancouver Changed Property Taxes for Foreign Buyers? (Mansion Global)

B.C. and Vancouver home taxes: Some in the city will pay twice (Vancouver Sun)

Fraser Valley real estate predicted to slow down in 2018 (Surrey Now-Leader)

Metro Vancouver home sales slow down in March but prices stay high (Financial Post)


Victoria home sales down 26% from March 2017, real estate board says (Chek)

Sidney to ask the province to rethink speculation tax (Victoria News)

Nanaimo Regional district will register its objection to speculation tax (Nanaimo Bulletin)


Developers speak to Squamish business community (The Squamish Chief)

Foreign-buyer tax needed for Sunshine Coast: MLA (BIV)


Okanagan makes Top 5 of least affordable home markets list (Lake Country Calendar)

West Kelowna wants exemption from proposed real estate speculation tax (CTV News)


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